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Membership Monday Post 1 (Final)

Membership Monday: Attracting Young Professional Members to Your Association

It’s the question that gets asked over and over and over again:

How can we attract young professional members to our association?

And hey, it’s a valid question! As more and more Baby Boomers enter retirement, and more and more Millennials and Gen Z-ers enter and move up in the workforce, in order for associations to remain relevant (and in existence), they have to start appealing to those younger generations.

And we’re not just talking about “getting on their radar,” but actually getting those young professionals to JOIN associations. (Not the easiest task ever, we’ll admit.)

But good news! In the first installment of our new Membership Monday series, we’re addressing how to attract young professional members to your association. Read on for a few tactics worth trying!

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5 Methods to Retain Your One-and-Done Members

Posted by Krissy Conant


Let us guess: Member turnover on your mind? No matter the season, every association professional worries over the loss of a hard earned member. Harder still is catching those members who come into your association for one sole reason and then slip away without even a goodbye.

If you’re looking to catch these folks before they leave, check out these five methods you should try to retain those one-and-done members of your association.

1. Remind Your Members of the Benefits

If a member joined your association for one purpose only, it’s your goal to remind them of the numerous other benefits they get as a perk of their membership (think incentives!). One of the best ways of clearly advertising these benefits is to post and promote in any of the following locations:

  • Your website
  • Your e-newsletter
  • Your social media pages
  • Your member landing page
  • Your invoice renewal

2. Catch Lack of Engagement Early

Don’t wait until your members are already halfway out the door before you start trying to re-engage with them. So, when’s the best time? Think onboarding! Reaching them early will help them (and you) identify all of their additional interests in your association and keep them hooked for longer.

We recommend gathering this information by providing a new member survey to gauge what their expectations are compared to what your association can provide. This data will allow you to hopefully find the intel you need to recommend other programs that would be a better fit for their regular schedule.

3. Open Two-Way Communication

Everyone wants to feel like they can (and should) provide feedback, as it’s one way we can feel validated that we are being heard by those around us. Similarly, you want this sentiment to be felt by your members when it comes to new initiatives being acted out by your association.

You’ll have a better chance of retaining these one-and-done members if they feel comfortable coming to your team for help and/or criticism as opposed to being shut down. So make it clear on your contact page that you’re open to hearing any feedback - good and bad! Otherwise, you’ll only give them more reason to turn to the door.

4. Use Your Membership Committee

Think about it: you have a whole task force for the very purpose of engaging with your members, so it’s a great place to start focusing on these outlier members! See if you can get your membership committee to start giving members quarterly or semi-annual calls to just check-in.

You could even provide a standard check-in questionnaire to ask points like:

  • What was the last event you attended?
  • What has been your favorite part of being a member?
  • Do you have any constructive feedback for leadership to change?
  • Do you have any interest in joining a committee?

5. Public Recognition from Your Association

Member or not, people like to feel appreciated for their hard work! If your one-and-done member joined for a stand alone event, you need to make sure that you recognize them in a public format so they can associate that praise with the work they did for your association.

We recommend one of these formats for quick and easy recognition:

  • Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn
  • Your Annual Meeting (Slideshow / Brochure / New Member Stand Up)
  • Your Newsletter

Racking your brain thinking of other ways to retain your members? Membership retention is the engine that keeps your organization running…but is your renewal process up to the task? Check out our guide, the Membership Retention Kit, to start doing these best practices today!

Membership Retention Kit  Best practices (and communication templates) to get your members to stay Download this guide

Topics: association management, association leadership, member engagement, member retention, membership management, Small Staff Chatter

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